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There has been two unnamed red engines featured in The Railway Series. Three more unnamed red engines appeared in the magazine stories.

The First Red Tender Engine

“The driver won't choose you again. He wants big strong engines, like us.”
―The Big Engines to Edward[src]

The first red engine once teased Edward for his size and age and later tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success (William Middleton illustrations only). It is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.

Persona

The engine, along with the four other engines, liked to hurt Edward's feelings due to him being smaller and weaker than them.

It is possible that he/she was proud, pompous and self-important.

Basis

In William Middleton's original illustrations, he/she was a NER Class S [later LNER B13] with additional trailing wheels. In C. Reginald Dalby's illustrations, his basis is unknown but shares resemblance to a NER Raven A2, however it is possible that his/her basis is the same as 98462 as his/her design is identical to said engine.

Livery

This engine is painted red with yellow lining. He/she has red wheels and a red dome.

Appearances

The Railway Series

Trivia

Gallery

The Second Red Tender Engine

The second red engine once tried to push Henry out of a tunnel, but without success (C. Reginald Dalby illustrations). It is unknown what happened to the engine following this event.

This engine was originally illustrated to be James. However, children wrote to the Reverend asking why James was red before he got repainted in the third book. With all the confusion, Awdry decided that it was not James, but was instead a different character altogether.

Basis

This engine is based on an L&YR Class 28 with an added pony truck, a Belpaire firebox and a Fowler tender, very much like James.

Livery

This engine is painted red with yellow and black lining. He/she has red wheels and a red dome.

Appearance

The Railway Series

Trivia

  • In the original, Middleton illustrations, the first and second red engines were depicted as the same character, hence them having had the same wheel configuration.
  • The engine's role in The Sad Story of Henry was replaced by Thomas when the story was adapted into the television series. Ironically, James took his/her role in the special, The Adventure Begins.

Gallery

The Red Tank Engines


Two Red Tank Engines appeared in a magazine story. They were never named and their origins are not known.

Livery

Both Engines are painted red with yellow lining and black wheels.


The Picture Engine


A Red Tender Engine once appeared on a picture in the Fat Controller's office.

This engine appeared in Thomas and the Tiger.

Livery

The Picture Engine is painted red, with black lining and a black smokebox.


* RWS only | ** T&F only